Schwinn Corvette 5 Speed Registry


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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
Adding this one to the list. It's for sale in the Newport Beach area so you Cali guys might want to try out one of these. ;)
Looks pretty much all original and can't tell if the derailleur is a bent up original or something else. Missing just a few pieces. I'll have to verify the serial, it seems the seller has it listed as a 61 with a 61 number but the cable guides say it's a 1962 model.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
Just came across this old page doing a Google search. Anyone know the history or whereabouts on this one?



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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
Just finished adding @bikecrazy 's 62 to the list. The paint was down to the aluminum base so he gave this one a new life. Feel free to add any other info on your Corvette bikecrazy! Beautiful paint work!

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hatz4katz

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 20, 2015
52
26
Adding this one to the list. It's for sale in the Newport Beach area so you Cali guys might want to try out one of these. ;)
Looks pretty much all original and can't tell if the derailleur is a bent up original or something else. Missing just a few pieces. I'll have to verify the serial, it seems the seller has it listed as a 61 with a 61 number but the cable guides say it's a 1962 model.

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Adding this one to the list. It's for sale in the Newport Beach area so you Cali guys might want to try out one of these. ;)
Looks pretty much all original and can't tell if the derailleur is a bent up original or something else. Missing just a few pieces. I'll have to verify the serial, it seems the seller has it listed as a 61 with a 61 number but the cable guides say it's a 1962 model.

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I purchased this bike and a separate Corvette 5 speed frame from the seller. The bike is currently in pieces on the workbench getting a refurbishment. No repaint, just a good cleaning and replacing the wrong parts with the correct ones. The bike was pretty beat up when I purchased it, but will be a nice rider when I am finished. After this one is complete, I'll move on the frame that I bought, making it a complete bike again.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
@hatz4katz Glad to see that you were the one to grab that! :cool: And a big thanks to @lounging for giving me the heads up on this one.

Can you shoot me a picture of the serial number? I need to verify the number on this one since the seller stated it was an H October 61 stamping, but it's a 62 model. Thinking it's a L serial where all the other 61 stamped 62's started. Also, any info on the crank casting would also be appreciated.
 

hatz4katz

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 20, 2015
52
26
@hatz4katz Glad to see that you were the one to grab that! :cool: And a big thanks to @lounging for giving me the heads up on this one.

Can you shoot me a picture of the serial number? I need to verify the number on this one since the seller stated it was an H October 61 stamping, but it's a 62 model. Thinking it's a L serial where all the other 61 stamped 62's started. Also, any info on the crank casting would also be appreciated.
Serial number is K152990 which I believe gives it a date of Oct 3, 1961. Crank's date is 61. So is it a 61 or 62? Sorry no pictures but I verified the numbers. I'll post pictures of the bike after I assemble it over the next week or so. Interesting example of how a bike that looks relatively good in the pictures really is a POS when you get it home.....
Part of the game......
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
Serial number is K152990 which I believe gives it a date of Oct 3, 1961. Crank's date is 61. So is it a 61 or 62? Sorry no pictures but I verified the numbers. I'll post pictures of the bike after I assemble it over the next week or so. Interesting example of how a bike that looks relatively good in the pictures really is a POS when you get it home.....
Part of the game......
Well that just knocked me off my chair! Looks like Schwinn started using those 10 speed cable guides earlier than the Nov. 27 serial numbered 1962 models. I did notice that one had the galvanized fender braces and kickstand unlike the 62 models. Interesting piece that has put a kink in my production notes on this model. I'll have to say that one is actually a 1961 model with the new not so improved but easier attached cable guides. lol

Note the type errors in the original serial number list during this time.
10/17 ------------------ K137977 ----------------- K140226
10/18 ------------------ K140227 ----------------- K141952
10/19 ------------------ K141953 ----------------- K144430
10/20 ------------------ K144431 ----------------- K146980
10/23 ------------------ K146981 ----------------- K149651
10/24 ------------------ K149652 ----------------- K152051
10/25 ------------------ K152052 ----------------- K145486
10/26 ------------------ K145487 ----------------- K157449
10/27 ------------------ K157450 ----------------- K160300
10/28 ------------------ K160301 ----------------- K162000
10/30 ------------------ K162001 ----------------- K164550
10/31 ------------------ K164551 ----------------- K166950

The New Corrected List by GT 07-07-2019

10/17 ------------------ K137977 ----------------- K140226
10/18 ------------------ K140227 ----------------- K141952
10/19 ------------------ K141953 ----------------- K144430
10/20 ------------------ K144431 ----------------- K146980
10/23 ------------------ K146981 ----------------- K149651
10/24 ------------------ K149652 ----------------- K152051
10/25 ------------------ K152052 ----------------- K155486
10/26 ------------------ K155487 ----------------- K157449
10/27 ------------------ K157450 ----------------- K160300
10/28 ------------------ K160301 ----------------- K162000
10/30 ------------------ K162001 ----------------- K164550
10/31 ------------------ K164551 ----------------- K166950
 
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schwinnlax

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 14, 2016
81
126
52
La Crosse, WI
Interesting example of how a bike that looks relatively good in the pictures really is a POS when you get it home.....
Part of the game......
I had the same experience with my green Corvette 5 speed. I think these bikes are so desireable that we hope for the best from pictures...
 

schwinnlax

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 14, 2016
81
126
52
La Crosse, WI
I don't know if you are keeping track, GT, but I did a tally of original bike colors on your registry. Just thought this would be interesting:

Original Color -- No. of Bikes -- Percent
Black -- 41 -- 40%
Red -- 33 -- 32%
Blue -- 14 -- 14%
Green -- 13 -- 13%
Coppertone -- 1 -- 1%
Unknown -- 1 -- 1%

Total: 103

Maybe you could copy this to your original post and update as new bikes are added...
 

hatz4katz

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 20, 2015
52
26
Adding this one to the list. It's for sale in the Newport Beach area so you Cali guys might want to try out one of these. ;)
Looks pretty much all original and can't tell if the derailleur is a bent up original or something else. Missing just a few pieces. I'll have to verify the serial, it seems the seller has it listed as a 61 with a 61 number but the cable guides say it's a 1962 model.

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Here are the after pictures. Bike ended up being a nice rider. Thank you to all that helped me with this.
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
Just entered your Corvette on the list @hatz4katz ...... Had to modify the other K serial numbered entries with the correct date. Seems the type error in the original serial list thru me off by one day. I'm coping your pictures and adding them here since your post was wrapped up in a quote and they don't show up unless one clicks on expand.
I would like to add that this piece is the first actual 1961 serial numbered Corvette to show up with the 1962 style 10 speed cable guides, but it's still a 1961 model. The 11/27/61 L serial numbered Corvettes all had these cable guides and all were built up as 1962 models with the chrome stand and fender braces, and just about all of them having a 1962 cast dated crank.

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Hammerhead

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 5, 2018
212
813
Franklin,NH
Saw this one on Craigslist. Thought it should be added to the list. Serial number L151568.
Hammerhead
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,166
8,743
Central Arizona
Here are all the shots of one currently for sale in Maine. Seller is looking for offers so someone local might be able to pick this one up cheap.

Serial number L151586 is another Nov 27, 1961 stamped number and the bike is most likely a 62 model with those cable guides, chrome fender braces and stand.





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